Mala Kumar, an international development practitioner and novelist from the MLWGS Class of 2003, spent the day talking with students about her novel The Paths of Marriage and about her work with the United Nations. She visited English classes, talked with a group of students and teachers in the forum during lunch, and concluded the day by meeting with students in Creative Writing.
In her conversations, Mala discussed the contrasts between indie publishing, and small and large-press publishing, as well as developmental and line editors, and explained how a Kickstarter campaign helped her bring her first novel to print.
Fluent in French, a language she uses every day in her work in Francophone countries, Mala remarked on how her MLWGS experience – especially in language classes, in Mr. O’Bryan’s English class, and in Model UN – influenced her international development work and her writing.
She also shed light on the struggle for gender and LGBTQ equality within the UN, within South Asian communities, and across the world. For more information about her book, visit her web site: http://pathsofmarriage.com/
Style Weekly published an article about Mala the day after her visit.